Israel and Hamas cease-fire: Biden administration helped broker a fragile peace

Palestinian Hamas supporters take part in a rally to celebrate following Israel-Hamas truce in the southern Gaza Strip, May 21, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect this morning. It was mediated by Egypt, with both sides claiming victory. After 11 days of fighting, more than 250 Palestinians and 12 Israelis are dead. And more than 1200 have been injured in total on both sides. Will this fragile cease-fire hold? Fighting has already broken out around the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.